The Other Fall Ball, A Hiring and Rumors

With the rain in St. Louis making most of the headlines on Wednesday there was little said about the boys on the Northside of Chicago. The Cubs did make a change in their front office on Wednesday and announced that Paul Weaver will be the new special assistant to the general manager. Weaver has been a Major League scout for the past 28 years. Weaver, 54, worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the past 2 seasons and before that for the Houston Astros from 1980 to 2004 and he started with the San Diego Padres in 1978.

The Mesa Solar Sox are nearing the midway point of their season and the representatives from the Cubs are playing extremely well….especially Eric Patterson. Joe Girardi, Gary Sheffield, Scott Boras, Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones and World Series ratings….here is the latest….

The Mesa Solar Sox and the AFL….

The Solar Sox stand at 7-7 on the season with 18 games left to play. They lost to Scottsdale on Wednesday, 7-5. Eric Patterson raised his average to .347 with 2 more hits, that included a triple and a run scored. Scott Moore added a double, while playing in left field, and a RBI and Jake Fox did not record a hit.

Eric Patterson in the first 11 games was hitting .333/388/.400/.788 with 3 doubles, 4 walks, 6 stolen bases and 11 runs scored. Patterson has played most of his games at 2nd base but has spent time at shortstop. Scott Moore has struggled in Arizona and through his first 11 games he is hitting just .231/.362/.385/.746 with 1 home run, 6 RBI’s, 8 walks and 3 doubles. Jake Fox after a hot start has slowed down. Fox’s average dropped to .207 after Wednesday’s 0-3 performance. In his first 7 games, Fox was hitting .231/.259/.308/.567 without a home run, 7 RBI’s, 2 doubles and a walk. Fox has really cooled off after going 5-13 at one stretch last week….he has added only 1 hit since.

Here are the pitchers stats:

Lincoln Holdzkom: 1-0/0.00, 5 games, 8 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 0 walks, 8 k’s
Adam Harben: 0-1/6.43, 3 games, 3 starts, 7 innings, 5 runs, 10 hits, 4 walks, 7 k’s
Clay Rapada: 1-1/1.59, 6 games, 5 2/3 innings, 1 run, 1 hit, 2 walks, 9 k’s
Carmen Pignatiello: 0-0/0.00, 4 games, 3 2/3 innings, 0 runs, 1 walk, 4 k’s

Joe Girardi….

ESPN reported late Wednesday night that Joe Girardi will spend next season in the broadcast booth.

Alex Rodriguez, Scott Boras and Andruw Jones….

There should be a special place for agents like Scott Boras. What is the line from Jerry Maguire? Scott Boras made more headlines on Wednesday….more than most of the Major League teams. According to a report from ESPN, Brian Cashman reassured Scott Boras that the Yankees will not trade A-Rod this off-season. Boras also made headlines in the Atlanta Journal Constitution in regards to Andruw Jones. Boras said the Jones will remain a Brave for the 2007 season and that the star centerfielder will not be traded. He also went on to state that Jones’ new contract will “dwarf the 6-year, $75 million dollar contract” that is about to expire. Jones has no-trade protection as a 10-and-5 player with 10 years of Major League service and 5 with his current team. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is speculating that Boras could ask for upwards of $20 million a year for Jones when he hits the free agent market next year.

Gary Sheffield….

According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees will pickup Sheffield’s $13 million dollar option with the sole purpose of trading him. Most of Sheffield’s contract for next season will be deferred and the Cubs are one of many teams that have reportedly shown interest.

World Series Ratings….

While MLB continues to say baseball is at an all time high apparently someone forgot to tell the American public to watch the World Series. The ratings from Game 3 were the lowest for a Game 3 in World Series history. The first 3 games of the series have also hit an all time low, in fact the lowest in history as well.

Well, that’s the news and I’m sticking to it!!

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